1. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

Mighty Pen Co. .30-06/.308 Combo Pen Review

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by mhphoto, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. mhphoto

    mhphoto Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2011
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    29
    Among the many different things I collect, the pens I feel so compelled to hoard are perhaps the most useful on a daily basis. Every day I have to whip out my Embassy Pen to sign a receipt, document, or autograph (I kid, I kid). So given my love of pens, you can imagine how excited I was to try out two bullet pens built The MIGHTY PEN Company. Both of the pens are the .30-06/.308 Combo—one brass pen with copper accents, the other a nickel pen with gunmetal accents.

    [​IMG]

    These pens are well worth the money. I've been writing, playing, fiddling, and accidentally dropping them non-stop since I got them, and both pens write, function, feel, and look as good as new.

    [​IMG]

    Since there are two different versions of the same pen I'll review the two pens as a whole and then share my thoughts on the two different versions. Both pens have a price of $19.95 online.

    The pens came in identical packaging: long, thick baggies. Both pens came out polished and clean, and they both included a black Cross style refill (they're both medium refills, I believe). The models I received were the .30-06/.308 Combo. The top portion is an upwards facing .308 which backs up to the lower casing, a downwards facing .30-06. There are no external marks or logo, which I think is a shame. I'd love to see a Mighty Pen Co. logo, even if just initials. And it would, in full military fashion, have to be stamped into the casing.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Extending the writing portion of the pen is achieved by twisting the top section clockwise. It takes three-quarters of a turn both ways, and because the turning action is so smooth it can easily be done one handed. In the hand both pens feel great. Because of the unconventional shape of a pen made with shell casings, I was a bit worried that writing with it might introduce extra strain, but I've found this to not be an issue at all. They sit naturally in my grip and are easy to write with. When writing there is a slight give with the refill, but it's only noticeable if you're looking for it and happens with every twist-action ballpoint I've ever used.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The weight of both of the pens is similar (they're within a gram of each other), and for me they're both on the light side of perfect. I am partial to heavy pens (as evidenced by the solid copper monstrosity that is my EDC pen), but the rational part of me takes over when I pick up a pen in the 30-70 grams. It's the Goldilocks range.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Construction on both pens is solid, with no give or looseness in any of the movable parts. The pens' clips are sturdy. If there's one thing in this world I hate, it's wimpy little pen clips that bend and break at the drop of a hat. No problem with that on these pens. Changing out the refill is easy, just pull the two casings apart and unscrew the refill. Fit and finish are excellent, and tolerances are as tight as a new Kimber.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The brass model is polished, and has no blemishes. Its trim is copper, and is more highly polished than the body. The entire brass model is triple lacquered. One thing you have to worry about with brass and (especially) copper is tarnishing. The lacquer on the brass model makes this a non-issue. Hand smudges are inevitable, but they're hard to see and easy to wipe off. This model weighs 37 grams (1.31 oz.).

    [​IMG]

    The copper trim is excellent.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The nickel model is more, dare I say, tactical looking. The finish lacks the lacquer, and thus lacks the sheen of the brass model. And the gun metal trim has that smokey grey look—reminiscent of polished hematite—that I absolutely love. The surface is a bit grippier than the brass pen's, but the action is just as smooth. The nickel model weighs 38 grams (1.34 oz.).

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Both pens have proven durable and resilient to beatings. The nickel pen spent five minutes being thrown around the kitchen floor by our cat Tod before I realized what it was that he was playing with, and in the course of taking pictures I had two incidents with my butterfingers losing grip on the brass pen, sending it into the soulless void that is the underside of our deck. Neither pen has any blemishes following the incidents.

    The Cross refills the pens use are ubiquitous and available everywhere. They come in three colors: black, blue, and red. Black and blue both come in fine, medium, and broad. Red only comes in medium. Fisher also makes a Space Pen refill that will fit Cross style pens, but I haven't tried them.

    Here are the pens next to some others. On the left is the copper Embassy Pen, and next to it is a dime-a-dozen Cross Classic Century.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    As you can see, they're not prohibitively long.

    Overall I love these pens. One thing I was worried about was if they'd look like bullets in the "oh, look at me!" sense, but most people won't notice unless they take a second look. The pens are handsome, well crafted, and durable. Plus, you know, it's pretty awesome to use a couple of fired shells to write with.
     
  2. Cobra 6 Actual
    • +1 Supporter

    Cobra 6 Actual Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Messages:
    4,362
    Likes Received:
    13,517
    Dang, Mhphoto, I just ordered a Surefire EWP because of another review, now I've got to get one of these, too. Stop it, you guys, my bank account can't take it! By the way, thanks for the excellent review and the outstanding photos.
     
  3. mhphoto

    mhphoto Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2011
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    29
    Thanks! Going with the brass or nickel? I really like both, but I think I prefer the brass just because I love anything with copper.
     
  4. Cobra 6 Actual
    • +1 Supporter

    Cobra 6 Actual Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Messages:
    4,362
    Likes Received:
    13,517
    The nickel ... for some reason brass stuff tends to tarnish pretty fast with me ... maybe it's something in the way I sweat. Thanks again for the review!
     
  5. nuphoria

    nuphoria Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Messages:
    3,185
    Likes Received:
    1,494
    Superb pics, thank you. They really are nice looking writing instruments - my paypal thanks you NOT ;D
     
  6. bluecrow76

    bluecrow76 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    May 23, 2007
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    5
    Thanks for posting this! I was wondering what to get my dad for Christmas... now I know! I ordered them about an hour ago and already got a response from Doug that they will be shipped tomorrow from Tulsa... can't wait! I got a 30-06/308 nickle and a double 308 nickle.
     
  7. ammoriso

    ammoriso Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2010
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    17
    Great review, nice pictures, thanks! Love the brass finish...
     
  8. Monocrom

    Monocrom Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Messages:
    8,035
    Likes Received:
    8,228
    Those are gorgeous! Thanks for posting.
     
  9. Mcameron

    Mcameron Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    7
    thanks for the review.......just ordered one to replace the embassy pen that i..err..."misplaced".
     
  10. Cobra4246
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Cobra4246 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Messages:
    600
    Likes Received:
    586
    Great pics and nice review thanks for posting
     
  11. bdcheung

    bdcheung Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Messages:
    82
    Likes Received:
    3
    Thanks! Just ordered one for my FIL's birthday.
     
  12. nuphoria

    nuphoria Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Messages:
    3,185
    Likes Received:
    1,494
    I just ordered one and had a really lovely reply from the owner - for anyone ordering internationally, he will have to invoice you a few bucks on top as it doesn't automatically add it at checkout.

    So far, highly recommended to deal with ;D
     
  13. wilson

    wilson Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    1
    great review...
     
  14. Cobra 6 Actual
    • +1 Supporter

    Cobra 6 Actual Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Messages:
    4,362
    Likes Received:
    13,517
    Again, Mhphoto, an excellent review and I've just received the nickle one in the mail yesterday. It's exactly as you described it: definitely a quality pen. Thanks!
     
  15. mhphoto

    mhphoto Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2011
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    29
    Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

    Cool! I keep going back and forth between the nickel and the brass being my favorite. I still find myself carrying the brass one more often, but that's because my wife has all but claimed the nickel for herself. :)
     
  16. Mark Greenman
    • Sponsor - Manufacturer

    Mark Greenman Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2011
    Messages:
    126
    Likes Received:
    227
    Wonderful review!! I will absolutely be ordering one, thinking a double .308 in nickel.

    Do you think they are durable enough for use as an impact tool?
     
  17. mhphoto

    mhphoto Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2011
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    29
    Thanks!

    Durable enough? I think so, yes. But it is on the light side. There are probably better pens for double duty as a strike weapon, but this one could definitely fill that role in a pinch.
     
  18. fgials

    fgials Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2011
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    8
    Dang you now I need to get some stocking stuffers!
     
  19. Denix

    Denix Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2006
    Messages:
    107
    Likes Received:
    9
    Great review! By an odd coincidence I read it yesterday on FountainPenNetwork. A friend of mine had the brass version the other day. Really cool pen.

    Guy.
     
  20. vipers

    vipers Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2008
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    6
    Nice review. Silly coating on the brass version ruins the thing most attractive to me... the developing patina. I acknowledge that my tastes are "different" though.